one of the biggest challenges when decorating a large event space is to decorate proportionally. you don’t want a dinky little vase on each table in a room with 12′ ceilings, it gets swallowed up!
to bring my space into better harmony (who knows if i succeeded, this was just my goal) i decided to use what i called “chandeliers” suspended from our ceilings to draw the eye down and create visual contrast against the dark ceilings and exposed brick walls.
so i first began with an armful of these – color me looking like a crazy crocheting addict wandering around michael’s with all of these hoops, i literally was asked what on earth i was doing with them all by one curious fellow-crafter:
take those plus spray paint, fishing wire, and a multitude of different supplies (handmade tissue paper poufs, chinese lanterns, other miscellaneous decorative shapes), and you get these:
as seen from below, pictured by friends nick and lauren via instagram (let’s face it, i’m not going to apologize for instagram pictures, i love em!).
from the side, they hung down about yea far:
oh hey, bridesmaids! kate and katherine started working the room pretty early in the evening….or day (photo by lauren, again – good work, lady!).
my maid of honor and i put a TON LOAD ASS LOAD TRUCK LOAD of time into these tissue paper poufs and then resulting chandeliers – my couch was slowly consumed by tissue paper that i’m pretty sure bred behind my back. but it was worth it, once my amazing (seriously, amazing, lemme know if you want a hook up!) day-of coordinator jonathan had them hung and pete’s aunt cricket followed after, re-fluffing.
i would estimate that each chandelier involved the following costs:
– tissue paper $5.00
– chinese lanterns $5.00
– accordion shapes $5.00
– fishing wire $0.50
– knitting hoop $3.00
plus about an hour of labor on each one, approximately. this is all a rough estimate, though!
they were such a whimsical way to set the tone of the evening immediately – pretty, fun, in our colors, and handmade. and there you have the end-result of one project, and you got a peek at our cake in the process!